Located in the Andaman Sea in the southern part of Thailand, Phuket has long enjoyed a position as the Kingdom's most famous island resort and one of the most visited places in Southeast Asia. Boasting all the ingredients that make for the perfect holiday destination – warm weather year round, beautiful white sandy beaches, tropical forests and world-class hospitality – it is no wonder that Phuket's popularity has only increased over the years and continues to do so.
Catering to a wide range of travellers from the typical family with children, to honeymooners, backpackers and retirees, Phuket has something for everyone. The island's west coast is the source of most of the attention with the majority of hotels, resorts and villa developments located there. The west coast is also home to the most popular beaches, including Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala and Surin among others, and the most lively nightlife and entertainment offers. This is also where the majority of private luxury villas are situated, most of them offering splendid sunset views over the Andaman Sea.
"The size and diversity of geography on Phuket offers a wide choice of experiences."
The southwestern part of the island is home to some lesser known beaches but no less beautiful, and some stunning villa developments are also to be found overlooking Cape Panwa or Chalong Bay from where commercial boats and private yachts can be seen exploring the many surrounding islands. The eastern and northeastern parts of Phuket are less developed and offer more seclusion and an escape from the busier areas to the west.
What are the different parts of Phuket like?
A popular tourist destination for Thais as well as foreigners and expats living in Asia, Phuket has seen an increase in private villa developments as the demands of visitors have changed. Families with children or those travelling together have awakened to the benefits of renting one large private villa as opposed to several rooms in a resort, while groups staying on Phuket for a wedding or a celebration also often find more exclusivity in a private villa rather than a function room in a large hotel. With the added services offered by professional management companies like Luxury Villas and Homes, such as maids, drivers, nannies and chefs, guests in a rented holiday home need not miss out on all the amenities offered at luxury hotels or resorts.
“On-site service elements have added significantly to the appeal of private villas on Phuket."
The villa market on Phuket is mostly driven by individual investors who buy for several purposes. Some buy as pure investments, choosing configurations and interiors that are carefully planned to appeal to rental guests, while others buy as a second or retirement home, often including more individual designs. As a result, the supply of rental villas comes in a wide range of types and styles and there is something to suit every need and taste.
What are the choices?
Some private villas boast large swimming pools (up to 20 metres long) while others have just a small plunge pool. Many larger properties also have mini movie theatres and games rooms, while others have private libraries. Some villas are set on lush hillsides enjoying stunning views, while others are located on or near the beach, offering direct access to the Andaman Sea right from the garden. Whatever facilities guests seek, there will be a Phuket villa to match.